My wife always said that travel lets you have perspective. That being said, until you step out of your community and talk to people of another populace you really do not understand what that means.
Sure I have travelled north of the US boarder time and time again. Now that I live here and interact I am seeing a different side of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness previously unknowable to me. People have a self image, that illusion of what one thinks others think of the one. This idea one has of one's abilities, appearance, and personality can be in stark contrast of reality or perception of same.
I saw a poll today that showed how disheartened people are with the ruling class of the USA. The people of the ruling class, by and large seem to think the solution to the problems of the world lay in having more say so over every aspect of the average human beings life. I am afraid that most of the voting population agree that people need to be restricted as possible. Of course they mean "other people" or "Not me, THEM!". But that venn diagram is all inclusive. In other words the USA wants less freedom for the population, at the same time they are disappointed with the mechanism set up to abscond with said freedoms.
The Federal Government really sucks at doing everything. Truly it does. There are some things it must do. The military is one thing and resolving disputes between states would be the other.
The State Government is really where you want your bulk of Government. Even that should be limited down for the county level. or City level in some cases. Some guy in rural Oklahoma is going to know more about what his community needs\wants then some guy in NYC.
I am angry that we the people have elected representatives that remove our freedom. I am angry that we the people shrug as most of these freedoms go bye bye. I am angry that our political system is so rife with lies, hatred, name calling, finger pointing, obfuscating puppets of whatever fiscal strings there are.
Most of all I am angry that I am relieved, not living in my own country. What a mess it has become, and the world knows it and is grinning.